June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox
Daryl Grabarek

About Daryl Grabarek

Daryl Grabarek dgrabarek@mediasourceinc.com is the editor of School Library Journal's monthly enewsletter, Curriculum Connections, and its online column Touch and Go. Before coming to SLJ, she held librarian positions in private, school, public, and college libraries. Her dream is to manage a collection on a remote island in the South Pacific.

Summertime…and the Reading Is Easy

25 summer-themed titles for tweens and teens for reading all year ’round.

Gorogoa: A Thought-Provoking, Elegant Puzzle | Touch and Go

This game, which offers opportunities for cooperative play and team problem solving, will be appreciated for its design and deceptively simple, thought-provoking puzzles.

“A More Perfect Nation” | Focus On

Books about U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the social movements and court cases that have forced our nation to reexamine the “unalienable” rights afforded only to select citizens in the 18th century.

An Appealing Slice–of Fractions | Touch and Go

Appealing graphics and a series of solid foundational skill-building exercises make this app a winner.

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival | Pictures of the Week

Lara Starr of Chronicle Books, and the author of several “Star Wars” cookbooks, was a guest at this year’s Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival.

A World of One’s Own | An Essay by Daniel Miyares

The author discusses his latest book and a reoccurring theme in his work.

Soccer: “The Beautiful Game” | A World Cup Bookshelf

The world’s most-viewed sporting event kicks off next month. Here are some books to have on your turf as the excitement builds.

Dinosaur Books You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

For many children, the interest in dinosaurs extends well beyond their first introductions. Expect this quartet of new titles to be devoured by enthusiasts.

Alto’s Odyssey | Touch and Go

The recently released sequel to the popularAlto’s Adventure will keep viewers intrigued and challenged for long stretches of play.

Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Ocean | Touch and Go

A new entrée in a popular series will delight fans.

Apps for #EarthDay | Touch and Go

A selection of apps highlighting plants, animals, and ecosystems to share with your students as Earth Day approaches.

Sarah Crossan’s “Moonrise” | An Interview

In a poetic exploration of the justice system, family ties, and forgiveness, Crossan delivers a poignant story that will leave readers with much to ponder.

In Time for Spring: “Bloom” | Touch and Go

A STEM app for young learners that encourages discussion and exploration.

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –It’s said there’s a story behind every name and Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela is surely a moniker worthy of six tales.

The Astute Miss Fisher Goes Interactive | Touch and Go

This engaging game will intrigue mystery buffs and entertain fans of the “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” television series.

What’s in a Name? A Conversation With Juana Martinez-Neal

Juana Martinez-Neal, the recipient of the 2018 Pura Belpré Award for illustration, has a new book and it’s one that sure to inspire kids to ask about the stories behind their names.

Trolling An Underwater Ecosystem: Tinybop Inc.’s “Coral Reef” | Touch and Go

The 10th entry in Tinybop Inc.’s “Explorer’s Library” is now available.

Artie’s Magic Pencil | Touch and Go

An interactive adventure in which children help the protagonist move through a story while they exercise their fine-motor skills.

Fiete Puzzle | Touch and Go

A new app from Ahoiii Entertainment offers children an opportunity to exercise their fine-motor and visual discrimination skills.

A “Man Utterly Beyond Category” | Tonya Bolden on Frederick Douglass

Two hundred years after the birth of the orator, statesman, and human rights activist, the author offers a close look at his life and achievements.